Putin, who described the situation in Kyrgyzstan as "quite difficult" with "many problems in the social field and in the economy," said that "cooperation between our countries has always been an important factor in the development of both countries."
Bakiev is scheduled to hold talks with other Russian officials later on April 24. This is Bakiev's first state visit to Russia since he took power in March 2005 after mass protests ousted his predecessor, Askar Akaev.
RFE/RL Central Asia Report
SUBSCRIBE For regular news and analysis on all five Central Asian countries by e-mail, subscribe to "RFE/RL Central Asia Report."